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Hungry Like the Wolf Art

I have started my Christmas shopping and, this year, I am determined to finish my shopping sooner rather than later.  Of course, I say that every year.  My Christmas giving starts with wish lists.  My family exchanges wish lists so that we do not duplicate what people have already.  Rhonda and I do the same thing.  Let me give a real life example.  Everyone in my family knows that I am a big Duran Duran fan.  While they know that, they cannot possibly know what I have and what I don’t have so a list help.  What is even better for my family is finding a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for the Duran Duran fan.  I came across something that fits that description!

Last week, I saw Duran retweet this:  “Limited edition artwork signed by created from audio of “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Benefitting …” Of course, I had to look at what this limited artwork was all about!  The website states:  “Limited edition artwork by Tim Wakefield.  Created by digitally manipulating, shaping and coloring sound waves generated in the studio…Signed by collaborating music icons.”  In this case, each one is signed by Duran Duran and numbered with a certificate of authenticity.  The picture below shows what it looks like:

War child benefit

In Duran Duran’s case, they signed 100 canvases backstage at their Austin, Texas, show.  Each piece is 30 by 30 inches and available for $700.  The proceeds benefit War Child UK, which an organization with the mission to “PROTECT, EDUCATE AND STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IN WAR.”  This art is not the first time Duran has helped out this organization as they played a show for them in January of 2015.

What are my thoughts about this?  Obviously, the $700 is out of the price range for a lot of us, but it does look super cool for those who can afford it.  I like that it is signed and that it benefits an organization that looks after kids.  If you want to buy one for you or the Duranie in your life, you can go here.

That said, I’m sure there are plenty of other cool Duran related gifts out there.  What else can you find that is cool?  After all, I suspect that Rhonda might be someone who would benefit something Duran related and super cool!

-A

 

Duran Duran News: 1/26 to 2/1/15

It is Sunday, which means it is time to summarize Duran Duran news for the past week.  Curious as to what, if anything you missed?  Hopefully, I have it all covered here!

Summer Festival Shows Announced

Obviously, the big news this week was that Duran Duran announced that they were playing at two festivals in Europe this summer.  First, they will be playing at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Spain, on June 20th.  Then, they will be playing at Night at the Park at the Hague in the Netherlands on June 27th.  Read the official press release here and our blog about it here.

War Child Show

The show benefitting the War Child charity is coming up quickly!  It is February 19th at the Wilton Music Hall in London.  Want to read more about the charity and Duran’s involvement in the benefit, read this interview with Gemma Cropper from the organization here.

How Stylish is Duran Duran?

Read Flavorwire’s blog post about the Top 40 stylist artists of all time to find out!  What do you think?  Do you agree with Flavorwire?!

Beyond those official news items, what did I miss?  What are your reactions to these news items?  I will say this much.  Despite the show announcements, it seems too dang quiet still.

-A

 

Duran Duran News: 1/19 to 1/25/15

It is Sunday, which means that it is time to recap all the Duran Duran news.  In general, things are mostly quiet on the Duran Duran front, but as Rhonda and I were saying this weekend, there is a feeling that things could get busy sooner rather than later.  We shall see!

January’s Collector Corner

This month’s Collection Corner focused on the single, Save a Prayer.  While we all may know the song and love it, I enjoyed reading the collector’s corner to not only remind me of the history of the single but also to find out how many versions are out there!  The answer, of course, is many!  Here is my little Save a Prayer story.  When it was re-released in 1985, it was often featured in these daily (weekly?) contests on MTV where the video would go against another video.  My best friend, at the time, and I were determined that Save a Prayer was going to win.  Thus, we called and we called and we called again until the voting ended.  Of course, this was the time when those calls cost and cost big.  Needless to say, my parents were less than thrilled when the phone bill came and I had a big debt to pay off!  Part of me didn’t mind too much, though, as Duran won!  It seemed worth it to me!

January’s Katy Kafe with John Taylor

Members of DuranDuranMusic, the band’s paid fan community site, enjoyed the latest Katy Kafe with John.  He did give some insight into making the album and there was some discussion about a few shows in the summer.  Rhonda, of course, covered all of the highlights for all of us in her blog post on Friday.  I will tell you this much.  The kafe and Rhonda’s guess about festivals certainly has me thinking.  If they really only do festivals, what am I going to do?  Will I choose to sit this one out as I have sworn off festivals?  Would I try to go but do the festival in a less painful way than I have other festivals in the past coughVoodoocough?  I don’t have the answer yet but desperation, sometimes, calls for desperate acts!

 Birmingham Legends

A new Ask Katy question was posted on the band’s official website this week and focused on what the band thought about other bands from the Birmingham area that have been successful.  John gives the response and it might not be what you would think!

War Child

Last, but not least, don’t forget that Duran Duran is performing on February 19th in London to support the charity organization, War Child, which works to help children affected by war.  Details on how to get a chance for tickets is below and copied from the band’s Facebook:

Duran Duran is performing a show for War Child UK the 300 capacity Wilton’s Music Hall on February 19th.

For your chance to be entered into a lottery for tickets, and to help save children from war, go to http://warchild.org.uk/passport. Every £4.50 donation enters you into the draw to win a pair of tickets. Or text DURAN to 88450 (UK only, texts cost £4.50)

I know that if I was anywhere near close to London, I would be trying for tickets with a venue that size!!!

Is there anything I missed?  If so, drop me a comment!

-A

January 2015 Katy Kafe – John Taylor

There are times when I’m really nervous to listen to the Katy Kafe. Chalk this up – the January 2015 Katy Kafe – as being one of those times. I know what I’ve written lately here on the blog. I know that while my heart is definitely in the right place, sometimes my faith in the band is shaken, and I just wasn’t up for more of that. But I listened. My comments are typically in parentheses and italicized, in case you’re curious.

Before I dive into the January 2015 Katy Kafe, I just want to say that if you haven’t listened to it yet, I really think you should. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something there in John’s voice that I haven’t heard in a long time. Maybe it’s passion. Maybe it is that he isn’t bored, maybe he’s just thankful they aren’t still writing music??? Whatever it was, I’m glad I heard it. Do yourself a favor, get yourself a membership to DDM and listen to the January 2015 Katy Kafe. My highlights here aren’t going to do it justice, and if you’re planning to see any shows this year…and I hear that there might be at least a couple this summer, you’re going to want pre-sale ticket access anyway.

New Album

John is in LA for a couple of weeks, having flown in after New Years. He’s recharging a bit, and if the band holds up to what I (Rhonda) have seen historically – they take January off and reconvene in February.  (This is my own guesstimate!!)  So what about that new album? John says they are excited, and this time – I can hear the emotion in his words. It isn’t an “excited” like you’d hear at a show, it is more of a passion-filled urging us to stick with them.

“We’re facing up to an end-of-summer release” 

Not the greatest words any Duran fan – least of all myself – is ready to hear, but it is what it is at this point. (I still say it will be Autumn before that album ever sees its way into the hands of fans) John says they are still in process, having finished the first round of mixes in December. Katy chimes in, saying that she’s heard the album (And no Katy, it is NOT unfair that you’ve heard it – don’t let a few wayward fans railroad you into believing that. How can you honestly promote an album you haven’t heard? ) and that she was “pleasantly surprised at how funky it was.”  She comments to John about how it must have been great to record this type of album. John is quick to say that especially today, records have to be molded and shaped, but that the groovy feeling there is inherent…quintessential Duran Duran.

“This is a very important album for us” 

John says that at this point everyone really has to love what they’re doing or else it’s not worth it. He comments that it was never their intention for people to think they’re in it for the money (he may have said “still” in it for the money but I’m not positive) or that they’re not totally committed to their craft. (As a blogger, there are a lot of times when I wonder if anyone is reading this blog. I mean, I can see our stats, but I really mean I wonder if the BAND reads. This is one of those times, as I’ve commented about both of those topics before. I am not without a conscience when I write – I don’t say things purely to hurt anyone, least of all Duran Duran – but yes, there have been times as of recent when I’ve put the thought out there. I suppose I’ve written what I’ve written as a sort of “nudge” to the band, because quite frankly if I’m thinking it – I KNOW others are as well. It’s tough love, but if I can’t be honest, who really can?!? That said, I also know what I hear, and I believe John’s passion.)  John also comments, and he stumbles a bit here, but he says that “There aren’t that many…..they don’t come every year.”  (Let’s just be clear, I think most of us know there aren’t THAT many albums left to be made here. If you’re not already realizing that, you should be. Even if they made FIVE more albums, which might be a stretch to say, that’s a lot less than the 13 or 14 they’ve already released. Capiche??) He goes on to say that he thinks they might even care more today than when the band started out. Back then, there was no sense of legacy, which is challenging for the band. He says the band wants to play to their best. Be their best.

“…struggle to make something that is classic Duran Duran but current.” 

Katy asks a question that I think is brilliant and worthy of a blog all on its own. “Do you think there’s a difference between being relevant and being current?”  John answers the way I would suspect, but suggesting that not everything that is current is good. (100% agreed. I have plenty more I could add here, but I will refrain. I’m already at just under 900 words and there’s more to be written. EEK!) 

They finish this topic in the January 2015 Katy Kafe by talking about the pressure and anxiety of putting out this record. (Again, I’ve talked about this right here on the blog. I have to admit I wonder if the pressure gets to them. The anxiety of having something worthy, and believing they’ve got something to prove – does it get to them and that’s why they’ve recorded and re-recorded?? John clearly doesn’t buy into this theory. He says that at the end of the day, they’ve got to let it out. They had an album they could have released a year ago, but they kept reworking it. (I guess my question is, how do you know when you’re done???) John likens it to cooking a stew, you keep toying with it, adding more salt, more chile, until it’s gotten down the essence of what you want.  (I get it. Kind of…)

Before I forget, they did talk a little bit about the business of releasing a record these days. The fact is, it is a very different planet than it was back in the day of Ordinary World…and a completely different galaxy from Planet Earth. As they finish the record, they do have to think about how they are going to release it. How will they make the biggest impact – the maximum impact.  (Well John, I have a few ideas…one of which involves a listening party for fans…)

War Child Gig in London

This will be a super intimate show that I personally will try not to be jealous that I cannot be in the audience to enjoy. John says that this is a really nice way to play London for a charity, a feel-good all-around event. One thing that concert-goers should know though is that there will be NO NEW MUSIC played. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you!) John talks about the various one-off shows they’ve done lately – like those in Austin or the one in Monterey, CA and says that they keep the blood pumping.  He still holds firm to the fact that these shows satiate the band.

Touring

“None of us are dying to get out and do lengthy tours.” 

John is quick to say that whatever shows they do for this album – and he does say they’ll make it around the world…eventually – won’t be like old tours. The way John spoke, it was as though the band is looking for more quality, less quantity when it comes to touring. (Given what John is saying, I would venture to guess that if you’re a fan who has never traveled for a show and expects the band to make it to your town or close to it – you are bound to be disappointed. I am fully expecting to hear whining like I’ve never heard or seen before when dates are announced. Duranies – get your travel funds ready and be willing to go out of your comfort zone a bit. This is your warning!) 

Now, if you were looking for some hints as to what might be coming – John and Katy were kind. They didn’t say WHEN, and they didn’t say WHERE, but they DID say in this January 2015 Katy Kafe that there might be a couple of shows this SUMMER (THIS IS YOUR OFFICIAL DAILY DURANIE ALERT!). Katy has the dates, and while she said she was being as nebulous as possible – the fact is people, shows are coming. Shows are coming!!! (and as a personal aside – if you’ve been reading my personal twitter lately, you will know that these shows will be announced soon. Not because I have an insiders knowledge, but because I just SPENT MY DURAN FUND on a brand new kitchen mixer. That’s right, you all go and buy your summer show tickets. I’ll be making baked goods in my kitchen. Crying.) 

Denis O’Regan’s Careless Memories

Katy comments a little on this book, talking about the “Then” and “Now” statements that John includes throughout the book.  I did not know this, but John and Denis are best friends. John talks about how seeing Denis with a camera makes him smile, and that he was a bright spot during a very stressful time.  John calls himself a sharer, and introspective by nature, and that the book opened him up (I wasn’t sure if he meant this book or his autobiography, but in either case – it does make me at least wish I could afford THIS book.) Katy expands, saying that the book is the most exhaustive photo book she thinks she’s ever seen, and she again calls it a piece of art, saying that she was completely blown away by how well put together and thought out it was. (I have no doubt that the book would be a wonderful addition to any fan’s collection – my only problem with it is that it’s extraordinarily priced, and while I’m sure the most exclusive editions are truly “art” – even the most “mass-marketed” version, which really isn’t meant for mass market at all – is far too much money for most fans to purchase. It becomes a case of the haves and have-nots, which is unfortunate, especially since for many fans, their history has in a sense been our OWN history.)

The January 2015 Katy Kafe with John rounds itself out by the final comments that John thinks Birdman should get Best Picture at the Oscars, and that the album….forever entitled DD14 (in MY head, anyway!)….still does not have a title.  I suppose though, if it’s not done, the band doesn’t think they can name it yet.

Late summer….although John thinks we’ll have new music in the spring….  But hey, there will be a few summer SHOWS!!!

Words and hopes that will get us through the doldrums of Winter, I am certain.

-R

Duran Duran News: 1/12 to 1/18/15

Want the Duran Duran news from this past week:  January 12th to January 18th?  I will do my best to summarize all of the official news!

War Child Update

Did you hear that Duran Duran is doing a gig in order to benefit War Child, an organization to benefit children who have experienced war?  They aren’t the only ones as this year’s lineup of musical artists include Elbow, Bastille and more.  Each of these performances will be done in super small venues.  Duran, for instance, will be playing at Wilton’s Music Hall in London on February 19th.  In order to attend the gigs, people must win the ticket lottery.  How does one get a chance?  Simple.  One must go to the website or text.  Each entry costs £4.50 which benefits the organization.  All of the information can be found on the press release on duranduran.com.

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson is getting a lot of press lately due to the success of his latest work, Uptown Funk.  Some of the press includes some references to Duran Duran, including his work on the band’s last album, All You Need Is Now.  One example of this is the article in Rolling Stone, which discusses 10 of the songs he worked on over the course of his career.

Simon’s Reader

One reason I have always loved Duran Duran is that they are smart.  The members pay attention to the world and try to keep their brains active.  An example of this, of course, is that Simon not only reads a great deal, but shares his thoughts about what he has been reading in a section on the official website entitled “Simon’s Reader”.  The latest addition is a special one as not only does Simon discuss the book, The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack:  Burton and Swinburne, Book 1 by Mark Hodder, but he also discusses the book in an audio format!  Fans can hear Simon talk about this book here.

Roger and Electronic Drums

Now, maybe, you are more a fan of Roger than you are of Simon.  This week had something for you, too!  Music Radar featured an interview with him where he focuses on the use of electronic drums, specifically the Roland TD-30KV Electronic Drums.

 One of the Most Anticipated Albums

The website, new.com.au, posted an article recently about the most anticipated albums of 2015.  Yes, Duran Duran is listed.  (I hope they have the right year!  Ha!)  The most interestingly thing about the blurb about Duran’s album is the statement about how weird it is that John Frusciante is on the album.  I can’t say that I disagree.  You can read the article yourself here.

Exclusive Interview

Duranduranmusic.com has a new exclusive interview.  This time, it is with producer, Joshua Blair, who has worked with the band since Reportage days (in between Astronaut and Red Carpet Massacre).

I think that is it.  Did I cover everything?

-A

Duran Duran News: 1/5/15 to 1/11/15

What has happened, officially, in the Duran Duran universe; what is the latest Duran Duran news from the last week?  Read on to find out!

 Nick, Fashion and Musical Artists

Did you read Nick’s note over on duranduran.com?  He attended a fashion show in London and was able to hear/see some musical artists that he really likes.  I always enjoy hearing what the band members are up to!

Dom Brown Music Playing a Fundraiser

Dom Brown’s band outside of Duran Duran is playing a fundraiser on January 23rd in Swindon to support the Swindon Arts Centre.  Details here!

Fretless Bass Reviews John’s In the Pleasure Groove

Have you read this review of John’s autobiography?  It is a good review, which captures the book well.  My only question is:  What took them so long?!?

War Child Gig

Interested in trying for tickets to see Duran Duran play for the War Child UK benefit?  Here is some of the latest information, posted on the band’s official Facebook page.

Making Patterns Rhyme:  A Tribute to Duran Duran

This tribute album, which features 22 covers of Duran Duran songs and artwork by Patty Palazzo is now available on CD for purchase!  Get your copy here!

What did I miss?  Until next week!

-A

Duran Duran News – 12/15 to 12/21

Do you know the latest Duran Duran news?  If so, read and make sure that I have included everything!  If not, read and catch up!  This post covers Duran Duran news from December 15th to today, December 21st.

London Concert to Benefit War Child

This is definitely the biggest news of the week.  Rhonda and I have been so busy that we couldn’t even react to it, in the form of a blog post!  According to the press release on duranduran.com, Duran Duran is one of many artists performing a concert in either London or Manchester to benefit War Child.  This particular charity focuses on helping children in war zones.  The artists performing, including Duran Duran, will be playing in venues with the capacity of 300 people and fans will be able to get a chance for tickets by donating to the charity.  All information will be revealed in January.  That said, it is getting press, such as the article here from NME.  Obviously, it would be very cool to see Duran play in a super small venue like this and it would be cool to help out an organization like this one.  If only, I had a transporter to get there and back quickly!

Collector’s Corner – Interference

The December’s Collector’s Corner focused on Nick’s book of photographs, Interference, that was released in 1984.  As the corner explained, Nick would manipulate what was on the TV then take a picture using a Polaroid camera.  The results were often interesting and very cool.  I highly recommend checking this book out, if you have the chance!

Year End Katy Kafe with John Taylor

This week, John Taylor visited in the Katy Kafe and Rhonda covered all of the highlights here.

Duraniversary

It is hard to believe but All You Need Is Now was released digitally, 4 years ago, on this date.  What did we say about this event when it was happening?  Read the posts:  here and here.

John Taylor Year End Playlist

John Taylor put together a little playlist for 8tracks radio.  Have you heard it?  If not, it is here.  Then go, take a listen, and come back to tell us what you think!

Careless Memories by Denis O’Regan

This book of photographs from the band’s 1984 Sing Blue Silver Tour is still getting quite a bit of press, including the article here.  Goodness knows that the fans are still talking about it, prompting Rhonda to blog about it here.

I think that was about it.  What did I miss?

-A